The municipal government of Balo-i expressed its support to the project as it will help residents become more resourceful, make use of available areas for planting vegetables, and sustain their daily food consumption. Mostly relying on coconut and rice farming, the project is an added opportunity for farmers to diversify their products and will serve as an additional source of income during the lean season.
Aside from the two barangays, the training will be conducted in six (6) more areas in Mindanao and one (1) in Luzon. This is in addition to the eight (8) barangays in Luzon and Visayas provided with the same program in 2017. These communities are now being prepared for the program’s second phase which will focus on agro-enterprise development (AED) interventions. This stage of the project will organize agro-enterprises in the communities by producing and consolidating high value vegetables with strong market potential.
To help participants understand the basics and importance of fund utilization and the concept and principle of savings, NGCP will also establish seminars on Financial Literacy and introduce the Group Savings and Loan Association (GSLA). The improved access to financial services will enhance and strengthen their farming activities, and will build resilience in times of emergencies or economic downturn.
“The activity is under NGCP’s Project Linang: A Sustainable Farm-to-Table Programme designed to help communities become self-sustaining through a three-phase program. First, teach them to grow their own food, then strengthen their capabilities as farmers and traders (market their products through linkage) and lastly, help them establish an organization with a common understanding of available opportunities for them and the goal of improving their quality of life. To date, at least 450 residents of NGCP’s host barangays have benefitted from the program,” stated the company.
Working alongside NGCP and WWF-Philippines is East-West Seed Foundation (EWSF) which provides the technical support and startup kits for the participants.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.###